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Fire Officials Try To Prevent Fires This Holiday Season

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It's Fire Prevention Week, and with the holidays coming our way, fire officials are spreading the message of how to keep your family safe in the kitchen.

The last numbers reported by the National Fire Protection Association show seven people die in U.S. home fires per day. Those numbers show two of every five of those house fires start in the kitchen.

Missoula fire inspector, Adam Sebastian, said the number one cause of house fires in the nation is inattentive cooking.

"It's just people not being in the room while they're cooking, so a major thing is just educating people," Sebastian said.

Fire officials are doing just that this week for Fire Prevention Week.

"We want people to be safe especially during the holidays, Thanksgiving, Christmas, and just generally when your cooking, these fires are very preventable," Sebastian said.

He said it all starts with getting your home prepared.

"That means it's having smoke detectors in every floor, bedroom, hallway, corridor, and maintaining those," Sebastian said.

In fact, numbers from the National Fire Protection Association show in 2011 more than 60% of reported house fire deaths resulted from fires in homes with no smoke alarms.

"With Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, there's going to be lot of people cooking with deep fat fryers greases stuff like that," Sebastian said.

He said if a grease fire starts in your kitchen, never use a fire extinguisher or water.

"What your likely going to end up doing is spreading that fire to nearby combustibles, and spreading the fire," Sebastian said.

Fire officials said the best thing to do in the case of a grease fire, would be to cover the pan you're cooking with and turn off your stove.

Sebastian said it's also about keeping you're kitchen nice and tidy, and he advises you to measure a three-feet "kid and pet free zone" around the stove and cook top.

"The most important thing for us is being prepared," Sebastian said.

Fire Prevention Week is actively supported by fire departments across the country. For more tips head to the National Fire Protection Association's website

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